Definition of deprecate
1a archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)b : to seek to avert deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people — Tobias Smollett
2 : to express disapproval of deprecates such attempts at humor
deprecatinglyplay \-ˌkā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
deprecationplay \ˌde-pri-ˈkā-shən\ noun
Examples of deprecate in a sentence
movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecating the comedy as the stupidest movie of the year
deprecates TV sitcoms as childish and simpleminded
Recent Examples of deprecate from the web
Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said with a self-deprecating smile.
Onstage, Ms. Kelly, 47, specializes in caustic, self-deprecating jokes that often play off her bookish looks and deadpan delivery.
The flow of the sentences is loose and comfortable; the tone is self-deprecating but also a bit puzzled.
But it's often masked in self deprecating tangents, ball jokes, and tales of loss and personal failure.
Like her creator, Dr. Lahiri is simultaneously smart and self-deprecating, and appeals to a vast swath of women.
In Stripped, Guisewite is warm, funny, self-deprecating, and very likable.
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Origin and Etymology of deprecate
Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari to avert by prayer, from de- + precari to pray — more at pray
First Known Use: 1628
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Definition of deprecate for English Language Learners
: to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)
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